Carpenters’ Apprentice Ready Program 2023

Do you enjoy working with your hands? Do you like working as part of a team?  Are you looking for a career with a family sustaining wages, healthcare, free access to lifelong training, retirement benefits, and the comradery that comes along with union membership?  The CARP Program may be for you.


The Carpenters Joint Apprentice Committee of Philadelphia & Vicinity, the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters, and the General Building Contractors Association, have partnered to offer the Carpenters’ Apprentice Ready Program (CARP).  CARP’s goal is to identify and train motivated females, minorities, and other Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery, and Philadelphia County residents that have existing barriers to employment in the building trades.

Classes prepare candidates to complete the intake process for the Philadelphia Carpenter’s Apprenticeship Program and to be successful as a Union Carpenter in the field from day one.  CARP is a Pre-Apprenticeship program registered with the PA Department of Labor.  Training Includes:

  • Interview Skills, Resume Building, Job Search Skills

  • Being Successful in Construction through Attitude, Character, and Ethics

  • Working with the Tools and Material – Shop Skills & Safety

  • Construction Math – Measurement and Beyond

Applicants should possess above average manual dexterity, coordination, and balance. Carpenters work both indoors and outdoors in extreme weather. The work is hard and physical by nature.

Requirements at time of Application Include:

  • High School Diploma/GED

  • Participants must be 18 years old.

  • A Valid Driver’s license is required at time of application.

  • Be able to pass a drug screening

  • Live in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery, or Philadelphia County

  • Commitment to attending all training dates outlined below

Next Training: January 2023 –

October 1, 2022 –  November 15th Application Period

November 22th – 10AM & 6PM Information Sessions

December 1-14 – Interviews


Training Occurs on Every Saturday, 7:30-3:30

January 14, 21, 28

February 4, 11, 18, 25

March 4, 11,

Philadelphia Carpenters JAC
10401 Decatur Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154